Great Thoughts for Thinking: (Changed Mondays & Thursdays.)
God never puts us on hold, or uses a voicemail. --Richard Graham
“Love Sticks Its Neck Out” by Walker Knight, “See How Love Works,” HMB (SBC) magazine
Love sticks its neck out,
and gets involved.
It doesn’t play it safe.
Love willingly risks itself,
risks itself for the sake of others.
Because love’s way is to act,
love risks being wrong,
even risks doing unintentional harm.
Because love seeks to understand,
love risks being changed,
even risks losing its pat misconceptions
as it walks in the shoes of another.
Because love is not frozen
by its sense of inadequacy,
love risks losing itself in a courageous act,
even risks being misunderstood.
Love sticks its neck out,
In preaching, teaching, writing, etc.--Make it Biblical! Make it point to Jesus! Make it fun! --Richard Graham
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.
(pix of dandelion) Some see a weed, and some see a wish.
Stress makes you believe that everything has to happen right now. Faith reassures you that everything will happen in God’s timing.
Start by doing what’s necessary, then what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible. –Francis of Assisi
Our greatest battles are that with our own minds. –Jameson Frank
Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all. –Dale Carnegie
My father didn't tell me how to live, he lived and let me watch him do it. --Clarence B Keelin
Maturity is doing what you are supposed to be doing, when you’re supposed to be doing it, no matter how you feel. --Dom Capers, successful NFL coach
Two natures beat within my breast.
The one is foul, the other blessed.
The one I love, the other I hate,
The one I feed will dominate. --unknow (but sounds like Romans 7!)
A leader innovates, develops, focuses on people, inspires trust, asks what and why, and sees the long view. —Warren Bennis
Can someone both manage and lead well? ... one of those rare people who succeeded as a hybrid: the apostle Paul. Paul’s church-planting prowess is a model for entrepreneurs today. I believe Paul would define leadership as simply a purposeful psychological effect on others. He constantly strived to influence the thoughts of his followers, calculating his every action, letter, and spoken word. Commenting on today’s leadership/management debate, he would say, “Who cares what you call it? Just get your people thinking and doing the right things.”
Since Paul was an evangelist, influence was his business. He employed every persuasive tool at his disposal: writing, personal visits, suffering, debating, rebuking, working, resisting, persisting, and risking. Are those things leadership or management? Exactly! They are both. The same tactics are available to all of us--it is up to us to choose which to use at any given moment.
40 Days of Prayer for the Pastors, Churches, Cities, and Requests of the Long Beach Harbor Southern Baptist Association. See Prayer Resources above for full lists.
Today's SIG Alert!*
Day 24 – John 14.13-14; 15.16; 16.23-24, 26: And I will do whatever you ask in my name . . . . You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it . . . . Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name . . . . I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive . . . . In that day you will ask in my name.
Day 25 – John 16.24, 26-27: Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive and your joy will be complete. In that day you will ask in my name. I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf. No, the Father himself loves you. Jude 20-21: Pray in the Holy Spirit. Keep yourselves in God’s love.
*see Prayer Resources above.
Look at Servantship Zone above for fall semester schedule for LBH Zion Theological School courses and information!
See Prayer Resources link above.
www.guidestone.org/LearningCenter/ Ministry.aspx, and click on O. S. Hawkins online books.
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A Special Service for Pastors, Ministers, and Church Leaders! See Leadership Zone above!
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